If elections came with reboot buttons, Brendan Howlin, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin's fingers would be furiously engaged.
Had those same fingers been on the pulse of the nation, they would not require such a reset.
Yet the departure of veteran Labour leader Howlin will send a shudder down the spines of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders.
When one political head rolls, others tend to follow. Mr Howlin has an impressive record.
In a time of great difficulty for the country he showed he could make hard decisions when managing scant resources.
Gratitude for doing what is vital but unpopular is alien to modern politics.
While his public service was exemplary, his stewardship of his party might have ended more wisely some time back.
Matthew Arnold wrote: "They who await no gifts from chance, have conquered fate."
Mr Howlin's fate was sealed after the crash.
To varying degrees, Mr Varadkar and Mr Martin may also lament the lack of some fortuitous turn of events as they too fall far short of mastering their own destinies. Labour surely needs to be re- energised and re-purposed and Mr Howlin's departure can facilitate just such renewal.
Their parties also know they must regroup. There is only a brief interval between order and chaos when transition is forced. In this space leaders are expected to act, and not take a backward step.
Sinn Féin's democratic credentials will also be scrupulously examined in coming days.
Its desire to solve housing and health crises will be tested by its commitment to forming partnerships built on realistic policies. How the party comports itself will be keenly watched.
There is a suspicion its real intent could be not to engage in serious talks, but to merely go through the motions. Should they fail it can then blame everyone else, indignantly returning to the polls claiming bad faith and capturing even more seats.
Addressing the European Financial Forum, Mr Varadkar acknowledged we had arrived at "a historic time in our country's history".
The political landscape in Ireland has been reshaped, he added.
He also noted Saturday's vote was a day of reckoning for all political parties.
Most importantly he said there's an obligation on all of them: "We can provide leadership, political stability and economic security and work together to build a better future for all of our people."
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are adamant the onus is still on Sinn Féin to put a working government together. But the responsibility falls on all to recognise there is a public service imperative far greater than party allegiance.
Some may take a certain pleasure in the fact the major political players have all been forced to confront uncomfortable truths by the electorate.
It will take the full efforts of all the king's horses, and all the king's men, to put this particular Humpty Dumpty together again. Schadenfreude alone will not get the job done.